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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks: Jan. 17 - 24

Animal lovers can fawn over images of copycat dolphin, a hungry chameleon, two hungry ponies and a group of cuddly piglets, plus many more.

27 PHOTOS

Not taking this lion down

Zukhro, an employee of the city zoo, walks with Vadik, an 18-month-old male lion, on the territory of the zoo in the capital Dushanbe, January 20, 2011. Employees take the lion from its cage to have a promenade along the territory two times a week while holding a piece of meat to attract Vadik's attention so it walks nearby. REUTERS/Nozim Kalandarov (TAJIKISTAN - Tags: ANIMALS ODDLY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Stringer/russia | X01235
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Berry good snack

A robin feasts on berries in Muncie, Ind. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, during a snowstorm. (AP Photo/ The Star Press, Chris Bergin)
Chris Bergin | The Star Press
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Family ties

An Indian elephant calf stands with her mother Thi in her enclosure at Chester zoo, northern England, January 24, 2011. The calf, born on January 22 is the second baby elephant born at the zoo in the last six months. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
Phil Noble | X01988
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Finding their sea legs

Young African Penguins head out to sea, after being released at Stony Point, Betty's Bay, about 130Km from Cape Town on January 18, 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa. A group of 63 penguins are released back into the sea after being rehabilitated at the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, in Milnerton. These birds were part of a bigger group of 300 chicks that were abandoned by their parents. Scientists are unsure of what causes the adults to leave the chicks, but suspect changes in fish stocks, predation by a growing seal population, even climate change, can contribute to this phenomenon. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Rodger Bosch | AFP
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Cattle call

A man from the cattle herding Mundari tribe stretches after waking in the early morning in a settlement near Terekeka, Central Equatoria state, south Sudan, on Jan. 19. South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from the north in a referendum, according to officials in seven out of the region's ten states polled by Reuters on Wednesday.
Goran Tomasevic | X90012
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Keeping dry

epa02537107 A Kangaroo takes shelter near a childrens playground at a Fauna Park in Warracknabeal, Australia, on 19 January 2011 Floodwaters have left around 1000 households in Victoria's northwest without power and thousands more homes are under threat of cuts. EPA/LUIS ENRIQUE ASCUI AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
Luis Enrique Ascui | AAP
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Snow problem

A horse stands outside a barn on Buckner Lane in Paducah, Ky., as snow falls Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, Stephen Lance Dennee)
Stephen Lance Dennee | The Paducah Sun
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Slow goes it

A turtle swims in a pond at Athens Attica zoo January 22, 2011. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY ANIMALS)
Yannis Behrakis | X00025
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Ready to party

Border Security Force soldiers stand mounted on camels during the Beating the Retreat rehearsals in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. Beating the Retreat, which falls on Jan. 29, marks the end of republic day celebrations in India. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Manish Swarup | AP
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Dog eat dog

A dog waits to be harnessed during practice for the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally on the shores of Loch Morlich, in Scotland January 20, 2011. The rally which involves over 1000 dogs and 200 mushers will take place on Saturday. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
Russell Cheyne | X02429
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Riding high

A mahout sits on a tamed elephant on a cold and foggy morning in Chitwan, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Gemunu Amarasinghe | AP
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A fair shake

Katy shakes snow off her face Thursday, Jan. 20. 2011 in Mountain Home, Ark., while playing with her owner Sharon Stevens. Nearly 4 inches of snow fell in Northern Arkansas Thursday. (AP Photo/The Baxter Bulletin, Kevin Pieper)
Kevin Pieper | The Baxter Bulletin
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Milking it

Jan. 18, 2011 - Guangzhou, China - GUANGZHOU, CHINA - JANUARY 18: (CHINA OUT) A kind of carp drink milk by a bottle at Guangzhou Ocean World on January 18, 2011 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by GZRB/ChinaFotoPress)***_***413717774 (Credit Image: © ChinaFotoPress/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Chinafotopress/gzrb | ChinaFotoPress
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Moving day

Holstein heifers are loaded into trucks at Mallorie's Dairy in Silverton, Ore. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. Since Monday, the herd has been being transported to a dairy in Texas after the announcement that Mallorie's is closing its doors after producing milk for over 50 years. (AP Photo/Statesman Journal, Kobbi R. Blair)
Kobbi R. Blair | STATESMAN JOURNAL
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Eye see you

In this Jan. 11, 2011 photo, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin named Tanner glides just below the surface as he imitates the behavior of another dolphin at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Fla. During the study Tanner, who wore eyecups to block his vision, was able to copy the behavior of the other dolphin without the use of vision. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Wilfredo Lee | AP
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View from the top

A dog looks out from snow covered roof top in Benxi, northeastern China's Liaoning province, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Ng Han Guan | AP
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Camels for sale

TOPSHOTS Camels in a pen wait to be sold in the traditional Wajif Souk in down town Doha, on January 23, 2011. TOPSHOTS / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Yasser Al-zayyat | AFP
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Food for thought

**ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY JAN. 23 AND THEREAFTER** In a Jan. 13, 2011 photo, In a Jan. 13, 2011 photo, a Veiled Chameleon chomps down on a cricket fed to him at Lou's Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. A virus that affects the European house cricket _ Acheta domestica _ is wreaking havoc on the population here in the United States and disrupting the food supply for reptiles that dine on the insects. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Guralnick)
David Guralnick | The Detroit News
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Busy bear

Jan. 22, 2011 - Memphis, TN, U.S. - January 5, 2011 - Ya Ya, the Memphis Zoo's female giant panda, noses around her outdoor display. In the past Ya Ya has gone into estrus around the holidays, but this year she did not which zoo officials say is a good thing. (Credit Image: © The Commercial Appeal/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Mike Brown | The Commercial Appeal
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Captivated by caffeine

TAPAKSIRING, BALI, INDONESIA -JANUARY 20: A four month old Luwak is tempted by some red coffee beans at the BAS Coffee plantation January 20, 2011 in Tapaksiring, Bali, Indonesia. The Luwak coffee is known as the most expensive coffee in the world because of the way the beans are processed and the limited supply. The Luwak is an Asian palm civet, which looks like a cross between a cat and a ferret. The civet climbs the coffee trees to find the best berries, eats them, and eventually the coffee beans come out in its stools as a complete bean. Coffee farmers then harvest the civet droppings and take the beans to a processing plant. Luwak coffee is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and also in the Philippines. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
Paula Bronstein | Getty Images AsiaPac
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This little piggie ...

epa02541931 Piglets at the opening of the International Green Week in Berlin, Germany, 21 January 2011. The fair for food, agriculture and horticulture takes place from 21 to 30 January. EPA/WOLFGANG KUMM
Wolfgang Kumm | DPA
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All in a day's work

A dog from K-9 de Creixell, a Spanish N.G.O., enters a damaged home during a search for landslide victims in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Thursday Jan. 20, 2011. Deaths from last week's mudslides rose to at least 727 and have left thousands homeless. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Felipe Dana | AP
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Pony up

Two Highland ponies wait for food at a snowy farm near the village of Rakovica in the Croatian region of Lika, some 150 kilometres south of Zagreb, January 21, 2011. REUTERS/Nikola Solic (CROATIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)
Nikola Solic | X00471
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Wake up call

Jan. 19, 2011 - Santa Ana, California, U.S. - A bottlenose dolphin swims and leaps through the wake of of a boat Wednesday, January 19, 2011, as scientists from the Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze Cruises sponsored a gray whale watching tour out of Long Beach. ..//ADDITIONAL INFO /// graywhales.jah .shot 011911 JEBB HARRIS THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER .Gray whales have begun their migration, heading south down the West Coast toward breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, scientists from the Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze Cruises sponsored a tour up the coast out of Long Beach. A gray whale and numerous dolphins were sighted. (Credit Image: © Jebb Harris/The Orange County Register/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Jebb Harris | The Orange County Register
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On the hunt

A great blue heron hunts for fish along the rushing Deer Creek in Roseburg. Great blue herons feed mostly on fish, but have been know to eat shrimp, crabs, insects, rodents, amphibians, reptiles, and small birds. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak)
Robin Loznak | Robin Loznak
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Ready to run

AVIEMORE, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 20: Last year's six dog champion Pete Jones prepares for the 28th annual Aviemore Husky Sled Dog Rally beside Loch Morlich on January 20, 2011 in Aviemore, Scotland. Over 1,000 dogs will take part in the biggest event in the Husky dog calendar with teams coming from as far as the Isle of Wight and Devon for one of the most challenging and prestigious races. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
Jeff J Mitchell | Getty Images Europe
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Chill in the air

A sub-zero air temperature produces fog around water fowl huddled on a pond at sunrise in Marlborough, Mass., Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Bill Sikes | AP
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